Unfortunately, for me, no matter how much I know that 95% (or how ever many) fitness models are "freaks of nature," so to speak, I find myself, when I look at slender but well-defined female fitness models, thinking just how darn attractive they look. I'm not certain if I feel that way because of all the movies, TV shows, magazine ads, etc I have seen in my life; or if am just "programmed" that way.
I wonder, rhetorically, how many women WOULD like to look that way if they were genetically able? I know I wouldn't mind having a body like Adrian Peterson, Ryan Lochte, Lebron James, Rafael Nadal, Usain Bolt, etc., etc.
"If any thing is sacred the human body is sacred...Have you seen the fool that corrupted his own live body? or the fool that corrupted her own live body? " -- Whitman
“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.” -- Emerson
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." -- Thoreau
current weight: 182.6
Fitness Minutes: (18,507)
1,377 9/24/13 8:50 A
I don't let fitness posters phase me....I never understood the "NO PAIN NO GAIN" hype. When I was younger I Did buy into the idea that I was supposed to look like the models in the magazine...and we all know that's crazy. They're 5'10" and weigh 120 pounds.
I think those posters are FITSPIRATION for workout junkies. I wouldn't want to look like Madonna...but some folks do. Everybody has their own thing
Sheryl from New Jersey, USA... EST
Pounds lost: 1.0
Fitness Minutes: (76,885)
9/24/13 5:58 A
Can I also add that I HATE HATE HATE when the fitness models in these "fitspirational" memes have enormous breast implants? I have nothing against breast implants, in general. But when the image is trying to tell/sell you "work hard and you can look like this" it's absurd. Can you achieve six-pack abs? Possibly. But no amount of hours in the gym will make you're girls that high, full and disproportionately large on a tiny little frame. In fact, if you do get to a bf% that accommodates six-pack abs, your breasts will probably be non-existent. And that's okay.
Yeah, why is you never see, say, a 200# woman who just completed a half-marathon - that's pretty strong!!!! Strong is the new skinny, right? But you will NEVER see an image like that on a "fitspo" graphic. No size 16's holding difficult yoga poses. No chubby bodies pumping iron - not even gently-curving bodies! NEVER will you see an image of someone 200+ pounds, no matter if they are an olympic-record-holding weightlifter..... sure these images speak the words "strong is the new skinny" but the picture says something completely different.
Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE** Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE** Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
current weight: 164.0
Fitness Minutes: (45,694)
3,064 9/11/13 2:39 P
I really enjoyed that, too. I find it very demoralizing to lose a bunch of weight, do difficult fitness programs, eat decently...and yet never have a hope of looking like some of those women. It makes me want to give up, but thankfully I know better. Great article!
This is for me...
Pounds lost: 4.5
Fitness Minutes: (50,935)
37,459 9/11/13 3:22 A
A friend of mine share this blog post on FB and I really enjoyed it. I have to admit that I get tired of all these photos and memes floating all over the Internet, especially on FB and Pinterest, because I also think they do more harm than good.
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